From Luther Vandross’ early days as a jingle and background singer to his first R&B chart-topper on Epic (1981’s “Never Too Much”) through an ensuing string of R&B/pop hits, the Grammy winner’s silky-soul tenor continues to elicit reverential comments. Its subtly powerful resonance has remained consistent throughout his much-publicized weight battle.

From Luther Vandross’ early days as a jingle and background singer to his first R&B chart-topper on Epic (1981’s “Never Too Much”) through an ensuing string of R&B/pop hits, the Grammy winner’s silky-soul tenor continues to elicit reverential comments. Its subtly powerful resonance has remained consistent throughout his much-publicized weight battle.